Excerpt from “it all melts down to this: a novel in timelines”
Images by Dale Williams
Texts by Ben Miller
Each timeline (or chapter) was created in response to a drawing or small painting the artist left on my desk chair without warning in the stifling Midtown Manhattan office where we worked to support our art.
Excerpts have appeared in Hotel Amerika, The Off Beat and Wierderary.
Ben Miller is the author of River Bend Chronicle (Lookout Books). His writing has appeared in Best American Essays and many literary journals, including AGNI, the Yale Review, the Kenyon Review, the Antioch Review, Raritan, One Story and the New England Review. He has received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts (fellowship), the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University (fellowship) and the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America (research grant). Each chapter of it all melts down to this was created in response to a drawing or small painting the artist left on my desk chair without warning in the stifling Midtown Manhattan office building where we worked to support to our art. His other collaborations with Mr. Williams include the on-going multiphase project Cage Dies Bird Flies and Meanwhile in the Dronx: a panoramic novel.
Dale Williams has exhibited in the New York City area for more than 20 years. His one-person show, “Fear Not To Appear,” highlighting early paintings, drawings, and books from 1980–1997, was held at Gowanus Loft (Brooklyn) in April 2016. He exhibited all 81 paintings from Phase One of “Cage Dies Bird Flies”, his on-going collaboration with writer Ben Miller, at the Gowanus Loft in 2015. His images have appeared in the journals BOMB, Ecotone, the Weirderary, Superstition Review and are forthcoming in Hayden’s Ferry Review, Bombay Gin, SLAB, Hotel Amerika. For his work on the Cage Dies project he recently received a fellowship in Printmaking/Drawing/Book Arts from the New York Foundation for the Arts.